Saturday, October 14, 2017

Doing Some Free Motion Quilting

A few days ago, I pulled out a UFO that was already layered and pinned and started quilting it.  This is being done in small manageable chunks of time. I am playing with lots of quilting designs and I assure you that this quilt would never win an award for the quilting on it.
About 2/3rds of it is quilted at this point.   The designs are changing randomly for sections  - although some sections are joined by larger quilting motifs.
This picture shows one of the piecing bits that is in the borders.  It allows the piecing to "run off the edge of the canvas." 
This picture shows part of the unquilted but pinned quilt. I love mixing near solids like these Connecting Threads Quilter's Candy Prints  with the prints.  These prints are Samoan fabrics that I got from Barb years ago when she was living in American Samoa.  She is now an Island Batiks Ambassador - and has many fun and delightful patterns on Craftsy.

So if you are missing me for a few days - I may be free motion quilting away on this quilt.

I am also trying to spend more time exercising. I am doing more walking but I am looking for an exercise program locally - preferably free - that will fit into my crazy schedule. I discovered that exercise helps both my blood sugar and my blood pressure.  I need to keep those in control as I want to live long enough to use up most of the fabric that I have acquired. 😄

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Recent Packages

Over the past week or so, a couple of really fun packages have come in the mail.  One of them is a needle minder from the Etsy shop of Tonya's Sewing Room.  This one was a gift to me (it arrived just in time for my birthday although it wasn't necessarily a birthday present.  I am very thankful for it as it is a delight.  The needle minder is magnetic and even has an extra magnet to attach it to your shirt or blouse.  These little magnets are strong too.  I hope this video works for you.
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See how strong that magnet is??? Did you hear it POP into place?

This is a perfect needle minder for me as it is made from a guitar pick - and I am somewhat of a musician.  But, when I am hand sewing I tend to stick the needle into my clothing and freq  sometimes stick myself - or have to hunt for it. This makes it easy to find.

Now, behind the needle minder in this photo is a gorgeously lovely fat quarter of batik that I won from Rhonda at her Ravelly blog.  This blue is rich and intense.  I just love it.

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Sunday, October 08, 2017

Another One - This Time with Orange

After making the oatmeal/mug mat for my friend, I decided to make another one.  Just to push myself a bit, I decided to pick "orange" as the main color. What I discovered is that while I have a few fabric pieces in orange, I have only a few values of color in orange. So I had to add some red, yellow and blue - and maybe one bit of green.

After I finished piecing without thinking too much, this is what I ended with.
A

 But which end is up?  I originally intended for the red to be the bottom ,  but I like it at the top also.

B

The blue could be at the bottom also as it is the darkest color and therefore carries more visual weight. 
C

So feel free to chime in and give reasons if possible. I like it that way is a perfectly valid reason. Still, I would prefer that you expound on your answer.  (Gee, did that sound like a high school teacher?) 
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Saturday, October 07, 2017

Mug Mat -Do Over

I did finish the previous mug mat.  But I messed up the binding and I really hated it. The recipient told me to send it anyway.  - I just can't.  I will trim the binding off, finish the edges somehow and use it for something for my house. 

Meanwhile, I did a do over.  This time I did the "no binding" method that I used on the Nana's oatmeal mat back in 2012.  Wow, more than five years ago.  No wonder I didn't remember how I did it.
Here is the new one.  I am very happy with it.
This one has a much more artistic flowing look to it. I also added a bit of blue and purple to this one with just a couple of pops of yellow.  That yellow fabric with the dots, snails and starfish is leftover from my pillow cases.   I hope the sweet lady that is getting it loves it as much as I do.  I even did a tiny bit of curved piecing in it -there at the bottom.

While I was quilting it, I ran out of bobbin thread. So I started filling a bobbin from the spool- the only one I have of this color! I looked up and saw the spool showing and stopped the bobbin quickly.  Then I took a deep breath and went back to quilting.  When I was done, this is all that was left on the spool. Whew!
Here's hoping your bobbins and spools don't run out at inopportune times!
Have a great weekend.
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Thursday, October 05, 2017

Crazy Piecing in Shades of Green

I am making a crazy pieced larger mug mat for a friend.
I know that yellow is not a shade of green - but it is a component of green, so I added it anyway. Once upon a time, I told one friend that I didn't like green.  Hmmm....that must not be true as I have a lot of it in my stash!  As soon as I hear back about the size she prefers I will either trim it or add borders and it will be ready to layer and quilt.
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